Gyanendro Ningombam elected as the new unopposed Hockey India President

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Manipur’s Gyanendra Ningombam is elected as the new Hockey India President on Friday and he will be taking presidency from Muhammad Mushtaque Ahmad. He was elected unopposed at HI Congress and Elections in Delhi. However, Ahmed will continue as Vice President now as he was also elected unopposed for that post.

All the members those who can’t travel due to restrictions and unprecedented time was given the facility to attend the meeting via video conferencing. Its good for North East Region as Ningombam

becomes the first Hockey President from that area. He held the position of “officiating president” after Ahmad tendered his resignation in July citing personal and family commitments.

The new Hockey President has an experience of more than 10 years in the field of Hockey has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Manipur Hockey Between 2009-2014. He will serving at the post of President for 2 years.

Ningombam has immensely worked at the grassroot level in North East Region to improve the status of Hockey over there. On his appointment, he was congratulated by HI Secretary General Rajinder Singh who said “I congratulate Mr Gyanendro Ningombam on being Elected Unopposed as the President of Hockey India and welcome Mr Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad back into the Hockey India Executive Board in a new capacity as the Senior Vice President,”

“We had a very fruitful meeting today with representatives from all State Member Units, there were various key discussion points….

“..resuming the domestic calendar and the need for support of all State member Units in terms of following all the Government Guidelines to hold another successful Annual National Championship in 2021 especially with the Covid-19 situation still prevalent in the country.

“Planning for the upcoming year 2021 was another key discussion point, where the status of competitions for all 4 National teams were discussed and the need for more International exposure for both the senior & Junior teams which will be key in the preparations leading up to the Olympics and Junior World Cups respectively,” Singh added.

Hockey India was established in 20th May 2009 has its headquarter based in Delhi and is responsible for conducting all activities for both men and women’s hockey in India. The Federation is recognized by Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs as the sole body responsible for promoting Hockey in India.  It was formed after Indian Hockey Federation was dissolved from IOA.  Hockey India has been granted hosting rights for FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup in 2023 as well as FIH Hockey Junior World Cup in 2021.